The final count of votes in this year’s BC election begins on Monday, taking into account absentee ballots and recounts which will finally give us a result.
According to elections BC, the count will add 179,611 extra votes, which were not counted on election night, to the results so far in all ridings:
The final count starts so long after the election to allow time for the ballots to be sent from the electoral district where they were cast to the district where voters are registered.
The count is held in the district electoral office and carried out by the district electoral officer, who may be assisted by other election officials.
Elections BC will be updating their website periodically as the latest results are known and a final election result is expected by end of day Wednesday.
Daily Hive will be monitoring the results so you don’t have to, and we’ll post updates on our BC Election site here: Battleground BC.
As of election night, overall Parliament is hung; the BC Liberals hold 43 seats, the BC NDP hold 41, and BC Greens hold 3, meaning no one has a majority.
However, five ridings are extremely tight and could go either way depending on absentee ballots, and in two cases, official recounts.
Those five ridings are:
In Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, the BC Liberals are ahead by just 268 votes.
According to Elections BC, there are 2,134 extra votes to be considered.
In Courtenay-Comox, the BC NDP are leading by nine votes. Yep – you read that right. NINE. Elections BC will be carrying out a recount here at the request of Jim Benninger.
According to Elections BC, there are 2,077 extra votes to be considered.
In Maple Ridge-Mission, the BC NDP is ahead by only 120 votes.
According to Elections BC, there are 2,562 extra votes to be considered.
In Richmond-Queensborough, the BC Liberals are ahead by just 263 votes.
According to Elections BC, there are 1,902 extra votes to be considered.
In Vancouver-False Creek, the BC Liberals are ahead by 560 votes. Elections BC will be carrying out a recount here on the request of Phillip James Ryan.
According to Elections BC, there are 2,814 extra votes to be considered.
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